Archive for August, 2020

Helping Your Employees Quit: Developing a Smoking Cessation Program

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In the United States, more than 480,000 deaths per year are caused by cigarette smoking, and more than $300 billion is spent annually on treatment and loss of productivity due to cigarette-related illnesses. Despite all the information out there, quitting smoking can be incredibly challenging. Often, people aren’t sure how to start, what resources exist, or how they can gain access. But we know quitting smoking can save lives – and save employers money. Setting up a smoking cessation plan for your organization could have some big long-term benefits. For every employee that successfully quits smoking, experts estimate an organization…

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Five Ways to Nurture Organizational Culture when Working Remote

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Company culture is essential to the comfort and efficiency of any team. It can make employees feel connected, safe, and productive (or it can do the opposite). COVID-19 forced many employers to institute remote working policies; while it can be a challenge to cultivate culture while working remotely, it is no less important than when in-person. Here are some ways that you can work to create, cultivate, and nurture company culture with remote teams. 1. Understand the importance and value of virtual work.  Studies show that remote work, when managed effectively can create a space that encourages creativity, innovation, and…

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Bullying: A Menace in the Workplace

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One-third of American workers say they have experienced bullying in the workplace and while effects may not be immediate, workplace bullying can have serious consequences for your employees and your business. Mental Health America states that over half those experiencing workplace bullying suffer from stress-related health issues, creating a higher rate of absenteeism and ultimately increased turnover. Workplace bullying can sometimes be difficult to recognize and pinpoint once an accusation has been made. Bullying can look like gossip, back-handed compliments, dismissing coworkers in meetings, belittling peers, or setting others up for failure. While bullying can wear many faces, the consequences…

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Employee Incentive Compensation Programs Amid COVID-19

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COVID-19 has thrown everyone for a loop this year, upending existing structures and creating a need to reassess policies and procedures that do not fit our new reality. Companies across the country have risen to the occasion, approaching unexpected issues with compassion, generosity, and empathy. It’s important to look at ways to support employee interests while ensuring organizational success both now and in the long-term. With that, companies across the country are reporting the need to reassess their employee incentive programs and decide where bonuses and commissions are realistic, financially feasible, and an adequate way of showing appreciation for employees….

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